Though frequently absent due to his participation in the American RevolutionJohn Adams maintained a correspondence with his son, encouraging him to read works by authors like Thucydides and Hugo Grotius. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and excelled academically, graduating second in his class in Despite some early struggles, he experienced moderate success as an attorney and was able to establish his financial independence from his parents. Inhe wrote a series of pseudonymously-published essays in which he argued that Britain provided a better governmental model than France.
Key events in the life of John Quincy Adams. Early life and career John Quincy Adams entered the world at the same time that his maternal great-grandfather, John Quincy, for many years a prominent member of the Massachusetts legislaturewas leaving it—hence his name.
He grew up as a child of the American Revolution. His patriot father, John Adamsat that time a delegate to the Continental Congressand his patriot mother, Abigail Smith Adamshad a strong molding influence on his education after the war had deprived Braintree of its only schoolmaster.
In and again in the boy accompanied his father to Europe. He studied at a private school in Paris in —79 and at the University of LeidenNetherlandsin Thus, at an early age he acquired an excellent knowledge of the French language and a smattering of Dutch.
Inalso, he began to keep regularly the diary that forms so conspicuous a record of his doings and those of his contemporaries through the next 60 years of American history.
Self-appreciative, like most of the Adams clan, he once declared that, if his diary had been even richer, it might have become "next to the Holy Scriptures, the most precious and valuable book ever written by human hands. Dana, after lingering for more than a year in St.
Petersburgwas not received by the Russian government, so in Adams, returning by way of ScandinaviaHanoverand the Netherlands, joined his father in Paris. There he acted, in an informal way, as an additional secretary to the American commissioners in the negotiation of the Peace of Paris that concluded the American Revolution.
Instead of remaining in London with his father, who had been appointed United States minister to the Court of St. He then read law at Newburyport under the tutelage of Theophilus Parsons, and in he was admitted to the bar association in Boston.
These letters were also read by President Washington: Adams had first met her when he was 12 years old and his father was minister to France. Fragile in health, she suffered from migraine headaches and fainting spells. Yet she proved to be a gracious hostess who played the harp and was learned in Greek, French, and English literature.
Accompanying her husband on his various missions in Europe, she came to be regarded as one of the most-traveled women of her time.
At age 22 he fell deeply in love with one Mary Frazier but was dissuaded from marrying her by his mother, who insisted that he was not able to support a wife. Ultimately, Adams could see that, in marrying a rich heiress like Louisa Johnson, he might be able to enjoy the leisure to pursue a career as a writer, but her family suffered business reverses and declared bankruptcy only a few weeks after the wedding.
The union had many stormy moments. The loss of two sons in adulthood—and a daughter in infancy—may have heightened the strains between husband and wife.
The eldest son, George Washington Adams, was a gambler, womanizer, and alcoholic whose death by drowning may have been suicide.John Quincy Adams, son of John and Abigail Adams, served as the sixth President of the United States from to Oct 12, · John Quincy Adams: John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States (–29) and son of President John Adams.
In his prepresidential years he was one of America’s greatest diplomats (formulating, among other things, what came to be called the Monroe Doctrine), and later as a congressman he fought the expansion of slavery.
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John Quincy Adams (–) was the eldest son of President John Adams, and himself the sixth President of the United States. The younger Adams gained a national reputation during his tenu. From Nationalism to Sectionalism in the United States, National Humanities Center SECOND CENSUS: John Quincy Adams (Natl.
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